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Borders skatepark plans approved

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Controversial plans for a skatepark in Jedburgh have been approved.

Councillors have given the go-ahead to a community group who want to build a park for skaters and bikers in an area known locally as the dip.

But some nearby residents say it will spoil views of the abbey and create noise.

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Riverside rock festival arrives in Jedburgh

Both rock and traditional bands are set to take the stage for Riverside Rock 2015 later today, June 20, in a charity music festival.

The Joe Mangels will be playing at the event. Credit: Riverside Rock

The 2,000 capacity event will begin at Jed-Forest RFC, Riverside Park at 12pm and is set to finish at midnight.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along a picnic (alcohol not permitted) and to help raise money for “Cash For Kids” and other sports organisations around the Scottish Borders.

Row over Hawick ward boundaries

A row has broken out in the Scottish Borders over plans to redefine council ward boundaries. Under the proposals, rural areas surrounding Hawick have been included in a new Jedburgh ward.

Local people say it will break long standing ties to areas, including an historic battleground that shapes Hawick's annual Common Riding festival. Jenny Longden reports.

Border counties rally returns to its routes for this year

Around 100 rally crews have been arriving in the Borders for the second round of the Scottish Rally Championship. The event is usually held in forests on each side of the border, but there's been big changes for this year.

It's also the first rally in the Borders since three people were killed on the Jim Clark Rally last year- so there's been a lot of emphasis on safety, as Lori Carnochan reports:

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Pupils learn about the rally

Pupils from Howdenburn Primary Credit: ITV Border News

Pupils at Howdenburn Primary in Jedburgh have been learning all about rally. After a safety demonstration, they were allowed up close and personal with the cars.

Jedburgh Abbey Credit: ITV Border News

Jedburgh Abbey will provide a stunning backdrop for the rally's ceremonial start on Saturday morning.

Rally fever hits Jedburgh

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Around 100 rally crews are arriving in Jedburgh for the Border Counties rally. The event is the second round of the Scottish Rally Championship and is being held across forests around Tweed Valley for the first time since the late 1990s.

Competitors will rally over 45 stage miles, with the quickest driver crowned the overall winner on Saturday afternoon.

The rally is the first to be held in the Borders since three people were killed in June at the Jim Clark Rally. Organisers are urging spectators to listen to all safety marshals and to only stand in designated spectator areas.

Castle Douglas driver Jock Armstrong is favourite going into the event, after winning the season opener, the Snowman Rally, last month. However, he'll face tough competition from five-time Scottish champion David Bogie, aswell as Kirtlebridge's Mike Faulkner.

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